American Masters - Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

American Masters - Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 7:00pm

Pictured: Dorothea Lange with Graflex, 1937, as seen in "American Masters – Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning."

Credit: Courtesy of ©1937, 2014 Rondal Partridge Archives

Her celebrated photograph Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized and arresting images in the world.

The haunting portrait came to represent the suffering of America's Great Depression. Yet few know the story, struggles and profound body of work of the woman who created the portrait: Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 — Oct. 11, 1965). American Masters — Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, premiering Friday, August 29 at 9:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV, explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the influential photographer, whose enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese internment camps.

Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor — the granddaughter of Lange and writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor — directs and narrates this intimate American Masters documentary.

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